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 District News

June 7, 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gresham-Barlow School Board votes to put school bond on November ballot 

District and Community Relations Office

1331 NW Eastman Parkway

Gresham, OR 97030-3825

Phone: (503)-618-2834  Fax: (503)-666-9533

Website  district.gresham.k12.or.us

athena_vadnais@gbsd.gresham.k12.or.us

 

School bond package would renovate schools, upgrade technology, improve security, and add classroom space

The Gresham-Barlow School Board has approved placing a school bond measure on the November 2013 ballot. Voters will decide whether to approve a $210 million capital construction bond proposal on November 5.

 

The school board’s decision follows a recommendation from the Bond Measure Planning Committee made up of business leaders, community members, parents, teachers, school staff, and students. The committee met over ten weeks to review individual school needs and community input on the proposed projects. The committee recommended the school board place the school bond measure before the voters.

 

Every school building in the district would be impacted by the school bond. Projects include renovations to replace roofs and upgrade electrical and plumbing systems. The plan also includes updating the district’s technology infrastructure and technology used by students and staff.

 

School improvements in the package would also allow the district to update its career technical education program, as well as the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes that help prepare students for careers and college. The package also includes upgrading textbooks and providing additional classroom space for increased enrollment.

 

The $210 million school bond would increase the district’s school bond rate by approximately $1.19 for every $1000 of assessed value. A home with an assessed value at $167,350 would pay an additional $17 a month. As the community grows, payments would be spread among new residents.

 

The Bond Measure Planning Committee’s report to the school board is on the district website at www.gresham.k12.or.us.  Information about the school bond package will be shared with the community in the coming months. 

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